Last Updated on November 7, 2023, 7:45 am
Canada: The community mourns the death of three people in Lake near Humbolt
Chris Novecosky, a Canadian man, died attempting to save others who fell through the ice on a lake 10 minutes south of the Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada, on November 4, 2023.
What happened to Chris Novecosky?
Royal Canadian Mounted Police briefed the media on Monday about the heartbreaking incident on the lake near the Humboldt city. The RCMP responded to a call on Saturday, November 4, 2023, around 2:20 p.m., to a house on Humboldt Lake to help the Humboldt Fire Department and local paramedics who were responding to a report of several people falling through the ice into the lake.
According to the witnesses, five people were in the water, and three were visible in the open water where the ice near the shore was broken. A woman and two girls were pulled out of the lake by firefighters. The woman and one of the girls were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment: the second girl, Ava Novecosky, a Grade two student at St. Dominic School in Humboldt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two men who went into the water to rescue them did not resurface; RCMP divers recovered their bodies on Sunday. They were identified as Chris Novecosky and Joe Novecosky, extended family members of the deceased girl.
The heart-wrenching incident is a stark reminder of the importance of exercising water safety. The Humboldt Mayor Michael Behiel, who knew the victims personally through the small community, said, ‘It’s a somber day’ because of what happened. “They were salt-of-the-earth people,” he said, “they are small-town prairie folk, and they were great people overall.” He also cautioned citizens to remain vigilant near sizeable open water bodies and pay attention to water safety rules.
“think twice before you venture out onto the ice to make sure it is thick enough and solid enough to support you,” Behiel said.
Who was Chris Novecosky?
Chris Novecosky was a wonderful man. He was a loving husband to his wife and best friend, Kristen Bilawchuk. They had been together for only four years until the tragic incident parted them forever. He was a hero who attempted to rescue others in the icy cold water and lost his life in the process. He showcased the greatest love, sympathy, and selflessness by laying down his life to save others. He was kind and generous and had a massive love for his entire family.
The community mourns Chris Novecosky.
The community has come together to mourn Chris along with his family. They have shown an outpouring of support for the family, sharing messages of condolences and donating generously to the fundraiser. This GoFundMe page has been established to help his wife process unimaginable grief without worrying about the unexpected cost of funeral and burial.
They have raised over $8,000 in less than 8 eight hours, and more donations are being made. Chris was a kind man and loved to help others. The community is returning his kindness in any way possible. He will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. We offer our sincerest sympathies to family and friends. May he rest in peace.
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